Merton Council and Merton Police issue joint guidance for hate crime victims and witnesses

Merton Council and Merton Police have issued joint guidance for anyone who witnesses or experiences hate crime.

Since the UK voted to leave the EU last week, there have been no reported increases in hate crime or incidents in London. However the council and police remain highly aware that certain events can spur intolerance, hate or extremism.

A joint statement from Merton Council Leader Councillor Stephen Alambritis and Acting Borough Commander of Merton Police Steve Wallace:

“Merton has always been a place that embraces and celebrates diversity and we have always welcomed people from different countries and backgrounds.

“Since the EU Referendum result where the UK voted to leave the EU, there have been reported incidents of hate crime in some areas of London.

“We have zero tolerance of hate crime and would strongly encourage anyone who witnesses this type of behaviour or is a victim of it to report it to police or tell a trusted adult.”

There are lots of ways to report hate crime. If it is an emergency, dial 999, or call 101 if it is not an emergency. Visit a police station, visit the Tell Mama and CST websites, or use the MOPAC Hate Crime app.

The Metropolitan Police have more than 900 specially trained investigators who deal will hate crimes and help victims and witnesses through the investigation.